Zane Grey

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Pearl Zane Grey

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Biographical Information[edit]

The brother of outfielder Reddy Grey, Zane Grey was the less accomplished of the two in baseball but went on to far greater fame.

In 1895, he played under the pseudonym "Pearl Zane" to protect college eligibility. A teammate of his brothers, he hit .295/?/.420 in 21 games for the Findlay club of the Interstate League, scoring 22 runs and swiping 13 bases. The outfielder also hit .398/?/.602 for the Jacksonville Jaxons, scoring 38 times and stealing 19 in 27 games.

He did not play in the minors for the next two years but resurfaced with the 1898 Newark Colts and hit .277/?/.338. Overall, he had batted .323/?/.448 in 86 games in the minors, scoring 78 runs and stealing 39 bases.

After his baseball career ended, Grey became famous as a writer, especially for his westerns. He wrote several books about baseball, including The Redheaded Outfield (1920), which includes one character based on his brother, The ShortStop (1909) and The Young Pitcher (1911). His most famous book, which is a western, is Riders of the Purple Sage (1912).

Source: The Minor League Register ed. by W. Lloyd Johnson

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